Senior Case Manager, Common Justice

Location: Bronx, NY

Department: Common Justice

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

 

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Common Justice is currently a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice that will become an independent nonprofit this fall.  The project develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.  Locally, the project operates the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts.  Nationally, it leverages the lessons from its direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted.  Rigorous and hopeful, Common Justice builds practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.

Common Justice operates a restorative justice-based alternative to incarceration and victim service program for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary, and robbery. The project brings 16 to 26-year olds responsible for crimes together with those they have harmed and their support people in a facilitated dialogue to determine appropriate sanctions to take the place of a prison sentence. The project engages and prepares all parties, convenes the dialogues, and provides supervision and support to both those harmed and those responsible for crime. It aims to meet the needs of people harmed by crime, prevent further violence, minimize the unnecessary use of incarceration, and improve people’s experience of justice.

Common Justice has recently expanded its program, which has been operating in Brooklyn since 2009, to the Bronx, and seeks an experienced, hard-working, organized, enthusiastic person with excellent people skills to join its team and anchor the work in the Bronx.

 

Responsibilities

The Senior Case Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conduct individual preparatory sessions with responsible parties (defendants) before their facilitated dialogues with those they have harmed;
  • Conduct intakes and assessments with responsible parties;
  • Co-facilitate dialogues with harmed and responsible parties;
  • Rigorously supervise responsible parties as they complete their agreements;
  • Connect responsible parties to appropriate services and supports;
  • Monitor attendance and compliance information, accurately enter data and notes; and prepare accurate reports for the court;
  • Deliver trauma-informed curriculum and services;
  • Facilitate responsible party groups, with a focus on violence, trauma, and healthy masculinity, if appropriate;
  • Serve as a liaison to the courts and when needed to help identify potential cases in court;
  • Serve as a liaison to community-based organizations serving program participants;
  • Facilitate team meetings on a rotating basis;
  • Contribute to curriculum development and staff training.

 

Qualifications

Candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • MSW or comparable degree preferred;
  • Three or more years’ experience working with system-involved youth and/or adults required;
  • Experience working with victims of crime/survivors of trauma and delivering trauma-informed care preferred;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Strong group facilitation skills;
  • Experience in conflict resolution and violence intervention;
  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong written communication skills and demonstrated ability to utilize program database for case management;
  • Bilingual skills (English/Spanish);
  • Serious commitment to social justice;
  • Formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Schedule

Frequent evening and occasional weekend work will be required. This position requires regular presence in both the Bronx and Brooklyn sites.

 

Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

 

How to apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: Human Resources / Senior Case Manager, Common Justice

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

 

For more information about Vera and Common Justice’s work, please visit www.vera.org.

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